01/27/2012 08:11 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

James Gulliver Hancock Attempts To Draw 'All The Buildings In New York' (PHOTOS)

From awesome pizza quests to bizarre masturbation missions, the city is full of ambitious individuals setting out to complete epic endeavors.

Raising the bar to an artistic level is illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, as he takes his self-diagnosed obsession with re-imaging to draw every building in the city for his project, "All The Buildings In New York."

Hancock says that the idea manifested from his desire to "discover the humanity in these structures" and help New Yorkers recapture surroundings too often missed by all the city's hustle and bustle.

Originally from Australia, Hancock says the initial idea stemmed from his personal attempt to familiarize himself with his new home:

Being an outsider, being Australian, coming here was kind of amazing...Initially it was me trying to get over that sensation of seeing it as a movie set. It wasn't more about, 'Hey, I want people to see these buildings and how I think they're beautiful.' It was more like, by drawing them I might make them real, I might make them more friendly to me. Less like movie stars and real people.

This map helps visualize his success thus far, all to beg the question, what the hell are we doing with our spare time?

View All The Buildings In New York in a larger map

Check out the wonderful illustrations brought to you by the artist below: